After spending 46 years coaching the North Carolina State golf team, Richard Sykes has announced he will step down at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Sykes, a four-time ACC Coach of the Year, was inducted in the Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001. He led the Wolfpack to the program’s first ACC championship in 1990 and recruited and coached Matt Hill, who is the only NCAA individual champion (2009) in program history.
“Coach Sykes has had a unique and long lasting impact on our golf program and student athletes,” said Director of Athletics Debbie Yow. “He will always be part of the fabric of NC State Athletics, and we look forward to honoring his many contributions this spring.”
Under Sykes guidance, the Wolfpack’s have appeared in 23 NCAA Regionals and 12 NCAA Championships. Including regular season and postseason play, Sykes’ squads have won a total of 52 team tournament titles throughout his career.
“I love NC State and have been a part of it for the past 46 years,” Sykes said. “It has been a dream come true. My age is now an even-par 72. Since we try to keep scores at par or better, it’s time for me to step aside. Hopefully as the season goes along, I will have the opportunity to thank all of the players, their families, donors, NC State administrators, and fans who have made my time here so special.”
North Carolina State enters the spring season ranked No. 51.